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September 19th 2016
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KARS. REST DAY 2. 19 September,2016
Kars has many cheese shops and fresh honey stores. Cheesemaking, using cows' milk, was introduced during the Russian era 1875-1925. Bee keeping and honey production has been an industry here for a Millenia. The cheeses are large wheels of a tasty cheddar style. A cheese is also made using honey, I am still on the hunt! Like elsewhere along the Silk Road, there are many sweet cake stores. In Kars, the specialities are varieties of Baklava, (honey).
Decided that I like Kars, it has attractive parks and buildings, a fantastic coffee house and some tasty food, and bustling city centre with promenading families in the evenings.
Travel plans for the week ahead have been posted, 850 kms+, 7 kms of climbing and 9 kms of descent in 7 days, with patches of offroad and broken tarmac - it will be a tough week!! Likely no internet in the period ahead. Everyone should however be well rested after 3 days off the bikes!

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23rd September 2016

Jealous!! Take a picture of the dogs if you can, they'll look like Milo!! Enjoy the sweets.... Pistachio is turks favourite. Try some keymakli cream...its like English clotted cream but better. ..its such stunning countryside, I think I'm ready to go back & visit!!! Be safe & keep enjoying! 😘
25th September 2016

Hi there, now n Amaysra, scenery in Eastern Anatolia has been marvelleous. Rest days here. The sweet/cake shops are excellent, but maybe(?) Iranian were at least equal. Hope all is well there. Have been chased on the bike by the big dogs, to busy cycling hard to avoid them to take photos!!!! Cheers R

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